A Garand Day at the range... up to a point

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    A Garand Day at the range... up to a point

    Two months ago, I was the proud recipient of my WWII vet father-in-law's M1 Garand, a 1943 Springfield Armory that has had some refurbishment done. Finally got some time to go through it and lube it properly, and headed out to the range today to see how she shoots. Using Greek M2 ball and starting at 25 yards with very modest expectations, I was thrilled that windage was pretty good and the elevation was just a few inches high - I wasn't even sure this old warhorse would be on paper the first time out. Happier still to hear that famous Garand "ka-ching" when the empty clip ejected! Within two clips I was confident enough to try a target at 100 yards. I shot one more clip on a sight-in target to dial in the windage a bit; I didn't worry about the elevation, as I wasn't sure what the proper battle zero protocol was.

    So then I moved to a 100-yard smallbore bullseye target (just what I had handy) with an 8-inch bull. Here's the good news - the result of the first 3 shots:

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    Yep, I was pretty happy! But the bad news was that the op rod ran off the bolt, and I had to strip the gun down to unload it and get the bolt back to keep the range officers happy. My guess is that the lugs on the op rod that engage the bolt are worn; I'm disappointed, but on the other hand the trigger group looks practically unused (and a real stiff safety supports that notion) and the rod can be rebuilt.

    Considering the Garand is supposed to be a 4 MOA gun with mil ammo, I think I'm a real lucky guy - this one's a shooter!
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    That group says it all. Looks like the old girl can still dance! Glad for you Smitty, hope it brings alot of joy.
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    Always fun to take a piece of history to the range.
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    Very cool Smitty. I didn't notice this thread when I posted mine but I just posted a thread asking for members to post pics of their M1 Garand. I was inspired by the "Band of Brothers" marathon I watched over Christmas break. I'd like to have one but am betting they're hard to find?

    Congrats on the gun. Have fun!

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    Excellent. Now zero that dude out and have at it.
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    You lucky dog - I'm terribly envious

    When I first joined the army in '64, I trained and qualified with an M1-Garand because many of the training camps had sent most of their training M-14's off to get a modification to the bolt face to keep them from cooking off rounds and going full auto after they got really hot from a lot of firing. A few weeks later, the M-14's came back and we had to re-train and qualify with it; and once basic training was finished, we're handed an M-16 to start another process at the beginning of AIT to prepare for a little trip to SE Asia.

    Never used the Garand in combat, but my uncle did in WW-II. And the first thing he ever brought up was that familiar "ker-ching" of the clip ejection as being the most horrible sound in the world because many times it seemed louder than the round that just fired - and always let you (and a close-quarter enemy) both know you were out of bullets

    Hope the operating rod is rebuildable if it's worn that badly - good luck!!

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    Great gun and report. You own the greatest battle implement ever devised according to Patton..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DefConGun View Post
    Very cool Smitty. I didn't notice this thread when I posted mine but I just posted a thread asking for members to post pics of their M1 Garand. I was inspired by the "Band of Brothers" marathon I watched over Christmas break. I'd like to have one but am betting they're hard to find?

    Congrats on the gun. Have fun!
    I'll post my pics in your thread when I get a chance, just to have them in with the rest. I did post some when the gun arrived back in October.

    Five different people came over to talk to me and admire this old girl today... "are you the guy with the Garand?" during the ceasefires (when we step back from the benches). The whole history thing added to my enjoyment.

    And here's a coincidence - Mrs. Smitty got me the Band of Brothers and The Pacific boxed DVD set for Christmas - I'm in hog heaven!

    The Garands are getting scarcer but they're not scarce. At the big December Phoenix gun show, decent ones were going for $750 and up, and there were lots to be had. The CMP program is another source, with offerings varying by what's available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    I'll post my pics in your thread when I get a chance, just to have them in with the rest. I did post some when the gun arrived back in October.

    Five different people came over to talk to me and admire this old girl today... "are you the guy with the Garand?" during the ceasefires (when we step back from the benches). The whole history thing added to my enjoyment.

    And here's a coincidence - Mrs. Smitty got me the Band of Brothers and The Pacific boxed DVD set for Christmas - I'm in hog heaven!

    The Garands are getting scarcer but they're not scarce. At the big December Phoenix gun show, decent ones were going for $750 and up, and there were lots to be had. The CMP program is another source, with offerings varying by what's available.
    Great gun and box sets too? Somebody up there must like you. ;-) The Garand is a great conversation piece and that's partially why I'd like to have one. I bet it was a blast to have at the range. You get to shoot the targets and then later you get to shoot the breeze.

    Thanks for posting in my thread. It's going to be really nice to see the different ones that forum members own.

    Happy shootin' & happy viewn'. ;-)

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    Congrats on the Garand. I miss mine...it's back in the States with family...I shoot it once a year.
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    I'm jealous. Bonus points for correct usage of the word "clip." :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eaglebeak View Post
    You lucky dog - I'm terribly envious

    When I first joined the army in '64, I trained and qualified with an M1-Garand because many of the training camps had sent most of their training M-14's off to get a modification to the bolt face to keep them from cooking off rounds and going full auto after they got really hot from a lot of firing. A few weeks later, the M-14's came back and we had to re-train and qualify with it; and once basic training was finished, we're handed an M-16 to start another process at the beginning of AIT to prepare for a little trip to SE Asia.

    Never used the Garand in combat, but my uncle did in WW-II. And the first thing he ever brought up was that familiar "ker-ching" of the clip ejection as being the most horrible sound in the world because many times it seemed louder than the round that just fired - and always let you (and a close-quarter enemy) both know you were out of bullets

    Hope the operating rod is rebuildable if it's worn that badly - good luck!!
    Larry Vickers did a segment of the M1 garand,they were seeing how close an enemy had to be to hear the clip ejecting,IIRC they had to be within 10 yards to hear it.
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    gasmitty,
    Congrats on your M1! Nice piece of history in your hands.I'd check that op rod to see if its within specs, might just need tuned. When ya get her running right,you'll really appreciate her at the 500 yd line.
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    Congrats on the Garand. There are 2 military rifles I want to add to my safe at some point. The M1 Garand is one and the M14 is the other.
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    I have a Garand that I bought through the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) a few years back. It is very accurate and mine was a definite shooter. I paid $425 back when I bought it but I understand they are a little more now. As far as I know, they are still available through the CMP...

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